I tend to say that I have “goals” for the new year instead of “resolutions,” but Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, has pointed out that goals can be achieved once and forgotten. Resolutions take daily work and consideration and should become a part of your everyday. That really struck a chord with me. 2012 is going to be a BIG year for us, so I want to resolve to do a few more things every day or every week to make our lives better in 2012.
1. Become more financially mindful.– E and I get married this year (5 months from today!), which means we will be completely financially responsible for ourselves after June. Last year, I focused on getting a full-time job, and this year, I will focus on making that full-time job work for us by:
- Writing down my daily expenditures (or putting them in Quickbooks).
- Creating a more concrete savings plan and sticking to it.
- Viewing my budget as a source of happiness. We can afford all of our necessities and then some, so why not be proud of being able to keep our spending in check?
- Not rewarding myself with mindless shopping.
- Shopping for food in a smarter way.
2. Clear up the clutter.– I am bad at putting things away. Stuff lives in my car. The wedding crafts and paperwork are taking over our apartment. Prescription boxes don’t have a home. I resolve to give 15 minutes every night to making sure everything is back in its home. I resolve to get a dresser drawer and use it. I resolve to do laundry more often so that I have less to fold every time, and the clothes immediately get put away in our dresser. Ask E for help with this goal. The clutter affects his mood, too.
3. Read more and enjoy reading.– I love to read, and I didn’t give enough time to it in the second half of last year. I resolve to stop reading books that I don’t like. There is not enough time in my life to push through a book I don’t like when I could be reading something that brings me so much more happiness. I have also found that when I am reading a book I don’t like, I get put off so much that I stop reading entirely. That is not worth it. I resolve to carve out at least one half hour of reading time daily.
4. Blog better.– I love blogging and I want to give more time to it. I want to become a blogger that people talk about. And I still want to be a Weddingbee. I resolve to write down my thoughts when I have them, so that when I blog, I have several drafts already thought out. I resolve to get back on a regular posting schedule and stay with it. I resolve to comment more. I resolve to invest financially in my blog, and learn more about how to make it what I want it to be.
5. Exercise better. Eat better. Live healthier.– I resolve to always work out on Monday. The other days will follow. I resolve to bring lunch to work 4 out of 5 days a week. I resolve to walk for 10 minutes every day. I resolve to use my Crock Pot to our advantage, and have at least 3 dinners prepped or thought out on Sunday.